Previous Events

The Sport Industry Breakfast Club, is a quarterly networking event, bringing together an audience from across UK and European sport to meet, network and hear from key figures on a range of topical issues - all before the working day kicks in.

Over the past few years, the stage has been graced by a range of high-profile speakers from across the entire spectrum of the sport industry.

Click below for the highlights of each event:

  • Garry Cook, executive chairman of Gfinity, offered insight on the "cultural revolution" of gaming and the opportunities esports presents to brands and traditional sports rightholders, while also reflecting on a career that has included senior leadership roles at Nike, UFC and as the CEO of Manchester City FC.

  • Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee and Duncan Blake, director of brand at BP PLC discussed the new joint marketing programme with the International Olympic Committee, what it means for sponsors and the value of partnerships within parasport. 

  • David Grevemberg, CEO of Commonwealth Games Federation, talked about the responsibility of the organisation to encourage conversation around important global issues such as human rights, climate change, LGBTQ rights and gender equality, rather than try to hide them, following Gold Coast 2018. 

  • Steve ParishCrystal Palace chairman questioned the continued use of VAR in football, explained the outcomes of the proposed renovation of Selhurst Park, and had his say on the latest round of Premier League television rights.

  • Tom Harrison England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) CEO and director of England women's cricket, Clare Connor backed the sport to grow both commercially and via participation over the next few years, as new formats and distribution channels continue to expand.

  • Alistair Kirkwood, managing director, NFL UK, and Niels De Vos, chief executive at UK Athletics, on hosting global events in the UK, appealing to a global audience, and the expansion of the NFL and next summer's 'The Meet' when Team GB face Team USA.

  • Heath Harvey, CEO of European champions Saracens, and Charlie McEwen, COO of the British & Irish Lions, on leadership, culture, technology and the global expansion of rugby. 

  • Paul Barber, chief executive of Brighton & Hove Albion FC discusses lessons learned during his time in the US, and how UK teams can be hesitant to new ideas.

  • The FA CEO Martin Glenn and participation and development director Kelly Simmons are quizzed on the new Code for Sports Governance, new international rights deals, participation targets for women's football, and missed Olympic opportunities. 

  • Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of Fnatic; Chester King, CEO of International eGames Group; and Hannes Kranich, eSports specialist at DraftKings offer insight into a sport that draws in millions of online viewers and sold out venues around the world.

  • Judy Murray speaks to Clare Balding about driving tennis participation in non-traditional areas and increasing commercial support at all levels of the game.

  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Damian Collins MP explore a number of the issues including FIFA, IAAF, London 2017 and Maria Sharapova.

  • Former Aston Villa CEO Tom Fox and football icon Gianluca Vialli discuss the changing landscape of the European game, the relationship between football clubs and fans, the downside of a quota system, and problems with a pre-season tour. 

  • Brian Cookson, president of the UCI, and Brett Gosper, CEO of World Rugby, tackle integrity in sport.

  • Sir Clive Woodward and Michael Johnson take to the stage to discuss achieving excellence in performance. 

  • Meet the Media: Daily Mirror's Chief Sports Writer, Oliver Holt; Patrick Barclay, the London Evening Standard columnist and author of a host of acclaimed football biographies; Marcus Christenson, Football Editor of the Guardian, Observer and the; and Adam Sills, who as Telegraph Head of Sport oversees the stable's sports coverage speak the the Club ahead of Brazil 2014.

  • David Stern and Adam Silver, the outgoing and incoming NBA Commissioner respectively, discusses the politics behind the sport, and moving on in the future.

  • Ian Ayre, MD of Liverpool FC, and Mark Wilf, President and Owner of the Minnesota Vikings, discuss the TV revenue share and global digital strategy.

  • David Collier, Chief Executive of the ECB and Mike Gatting, incoming President of MCC, discuss back-to-back Ashes Series and cricket's global power.

  • Barry Hearn, Founder of Matchroom Sport, speaks out against the decision to award the Olympic Stadium to West Ham. 

  • Barbara Slater, Director of Sport, BBC, claimed that the introduction of BT into the sport rights field represented both ‘a threat and an opportunity’ to the BBC.

  • Mark Cavendish, winner of 23 Tour de France stages, spoke out in defence of cycling’s reputation, arguing that the sport was the best at catching cheats.

  • Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, praised the agility shown by his team to secure rights to Formula One and discussed the ongoing threat of illegal online streaming.

  • Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer, RFU, claimed rugby has never had a better opportunity to grow participation and interest than in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

  • Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal Football Club Chief Executive, speaks to Mark Pougatch about the legacy of the club's manager Arsene Wenger and football’s blinkered spending.